Tuesday , Oct , 05 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kwame Brown not ready for start of season

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Washington Wizards forward Kwame Brown will
not be ready for the season opener, but could play by the end of November.

Brown underwent successful surgery in early August to repair a fracture
in the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. He suffered the injury
while playing basketball.

It was originally believed that Brown could be ready when the Wizards open the
2004-05 campaign on November 3 at home versus Portland. However, a late
November or early December timeframe is now more likely.

The Wizards took Brown with the top overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, making
him the first high school player ever taken with the first selection.

The 22-year-old Brown averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds over 74 games last
season, including 57 starts. In three seasons with Washington, he has posted
averages of 7.8 points and 5.6 boards per outing.